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‘Queens’ awards postponed

2019 Queens Of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremony awardees. (from left) Keiva, Ce’Cile, Tina Matalon, and Stacy McKenzie.

The Queens Of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremony slated for October 23 has been postponed to early 2023 attributable to lack of sponsorship.

In an official statement, organiser Laurell Nurse of Nyte Nurse Production, nevertheless, stated her desire to stage the event when the brand acquires enough support.

“These women need to be honoured properly and if it can’t be the way it must be for the women then it cannot occur. More sponsorship and promotion is unquestionably vital, so we can be taking just a few additional months to get these features addressed,” she said.

The sixth staging was set for the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston. Organisers haven’t set a definitive date; nevertheless, they’re April 2023.

Laurell Nurse

First held in 2016, the Queens Of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies recognises individuals who weren’t necessarily upfront as artistes but played a significant role within the entertainment industry.

Fourteen queens are slated to be honoured this 12 months. They include Dorothy “Patra” Smith, Yumiko “DJ Yumi Hi-Power” Gabe, Lorna Wainwright, Dorothy Smith, Althea Laing, Charmaine “Macka Diamond” Munroe, Audrey Reid, Chevelle Franklyn, Sherine Scarlett, Monica Jackson, and Yasmine Peru.

The last staging, which was held in 2019, saw singjay Ce’Cile being honoured together with broadcaster Elise Kelly; singer Judy Mowatt; dub poet Cherry Natural; music video director Scorpio21; businesswoman Kelly Upsetta; artiste manager Claudette Kemp; gospel singer Shirley Willis; social media influencer/blogger Lauren O Lauren; dancehall choreographer Keiva The Diva; model Stacy McKenzie; public relations practitioner/arts marketer Coleen Douglas; and businesswoman Tina Matalon.

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